Brave Little Tailor (1939)

Article 5179 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 6-9-2016
Directed by Bill Roberts
Featuring the voices of Walt Disney, Marcellite Garner, Eddie Holden
Country: USA
What it is: Animated fairy tale whimsy

A tailor kills seven flies with one blow; when he brags about it, he is mistaken for a giant killer and is sent out to save the city from one.

This is another of Disney’s best cartoons, and it features Mickey Mouse well cast as the tailor who is suddenly thrown out of his depth when he faces off with a giant. It’s superbly animated and the gags are creatively rendered. The middle section is my favorite part; Mickey finds himself in constant danger from the giant’s actions before the giant is even aware Mickey exists; the sequence inside the giant’s mouth is quite amusing. I also remember a comic book adaptation of the short that used many of the images from it. Once again, this is Disney at his best.


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